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Amo México - Folk Art and Modern Art June 01 2018, 0 Comments

I travel to Mexico City to be inspired. This city is rich in artistic styles from the Mayan, Olmec and Aztec civilizations, which can be viewed at the National Museum of Antropology (Mexico).

Popular art, and Modern art, Architecture and Design are important inclusions to the visual feast Mexico has to offer.

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

Museo de Arte   
Museo Soumaya

Popular art is everywhere in Mexico city. The Museo de Arte has many extraordinary images  to delight and impress the art lover. In Mercados such as Ciudadela Market folk art and hand crafts from all over Mexico are on offer. Many buildings and  restaurants display the talents of local artists.


 

Mexico City is also a city full of modern art and architecture which can be seen by

just walking down the street or by spending an afternoon in a gallery or a museum.
  
 
               

 

A  few of my favourite museums are the Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Modern)Museo Rufino Tamayo.

More about my by Mexico trip and inspiring images and symbols in my next blog.

Hasta leugo,

Val


THANK YOU: Say It With a Card April 27 2018, 0 Comments

 

 

I have many people to thank, and I thank people often. Never underestimate the value of saying thank you. Showing gratitude and appreciation, giving credit when credit is due, and recognizing the kind and thoughtful actions of another, are all great reasons to give thanks. Whether it's in the workplace, within your community, family, or circle of friends, "thank you" goes a long way.

 When we say thank you and show gratitude it makes a person happier and healthier, and increases our sense of connection with others. Receiving recognition increases our sense of self-worth and belonging, and reinforces the value of doing good things. 

For these reasons I've created some thank you cards. They're great for sending to a colleague for a job well done, a family member you recently visited, a neighbour who helped you out, or a friend who was there when you needed them most.

There are six cards to choose from: You Helped Me, Your Kindness, From the Bottom of My Heart, Much Love, I'll Never Forget, and It Was Wonderful. You can get them all here.

As a thank you to you, my reader, and in celebration of International Jazz Day on April 30th, here is Lonnie Smith's version of I Want to Thank You.

Hasta leugo,

Val


*New* Baby Cards April 03 2018, 0 Comments

Spring's the time to begin anew, and there's nothing newer than a new baby. To celebrate spring's promise of new parenthood, I now offer six celebratory cards welcoming babies into the world. Get these new baby cards individually or in a pack of six here.

Hasta luego

Val

 

 


January Days, Connections & Puzzles January 18 2018, 0 Comments

 

January can be a tough month for many people...myself included. In the North, we are challenged with bad weather, trapped inside, lack of sunshine, feeling confined and isolated. This wet and cold can impact our mental health and well being.  To cope, we find ways of cheering ourselves up by connecting with others, staying warm, doing activities that make us feel happy. What better way to do this than to create special calendar days to get us out and active. Special theme days, in the second half of January, connect to the human condition: intimacy, friendship, emotions, opposites, and puzzles.


January 21 - National Hug Day
This warm day in January coaxes us to show our emotions. The mental and physical benefits of connecting with hugs are infinite. Do you know that animals love hugs, with each other and fellow humans.


January 23 - National Handwriting Day
This day encourages use to pick up a pen or pencil, a piece of paper, and a greeting card.

Writing with a pen positively affects the brain by increasing neural activity, it sharpens the brain and helps us to learn, and forces us to slow down and enjoy the moment. 

There are many reasons why the art of the handwritten letter enhances the lives of the sender and the receiver, such as creating memories, making us feel good, and sparking creativity, unplugging us from the screen.


January 24 - National Compliment Day

A compliment has a powerful effect, on both the receiver and the giver. It’s a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day. A genuine compliment tells the receiver that they matter, they are unique, and that the giver is sincere.  There's a scientific explanation why people perform better after receiving a compliment. We can enrich someone’s life by sending a special card with a special compliment. It'll make their day.

In his unique way, Mark Twain expressed his feelings about receiving a compliment:




January 25 - National Opposite Day
This is a day to have fun by saying and doing the opposite of what you want to say or mean to do. As comical as it might appear, this opposite activity can have a profound effect on our thinking. We are encouraged to be experimental, to break habits, to be brave. Cake for breakfast with chop sticks…that can’t be wrong!  

Puzzles typically necessitate trials and errors. We might find solutions to familiar frustrating questions by considering the the opposite answer. The solution might be just outside the box, or under it.  Consider the words of wisdom contained in this story.


 

January 27 - National Chocolate Cake Day
One day? One day only? For some of us, any day is chocolate cake day. Having a good day or a bad day: chocolate cake! Alone or in a crowd: chocolate cake. Hungry or not hungry: chocolate cake. Fork or fingers: chocolate cake. Having difficulty solving a puzzle: chocolate cake will help find the solution.  There are many recipes for chocolate cake. This one sounds delicious.

 


January 29 - National Puzzle Day
Puzzles stimulate the brain, keeping it active. When we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we use both sides of the brain and improve memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills. Crossword puzzles increase our vocabulary and language skills. Solving puzzles significantly assists our brains in the production of dopamine and accelerates ingenuity. Here are some more benefits of solving puzzles, however big or small.


Spending time with a friend, working on a jigsaw puzzle, is a fun way to connect, having some chocolate cake, and a hug. What a great way to get rid of the winter blahhhhhhs.

Until next time.

Hasta lego,

Val


 


 


All Love Is Good Love January 09 2018, 0 Comments

 

I’ve asked myself, ‘If love is so ancient, why is it always new?’. If love makes us act silly, how can it also move mountains? If love hurts, why do we need love’s balm? And why so many sappy love songs? It’s a mystery! — and undeniable… And if we’re lucky, then smart enough, that mystery will call us…and when we answer, it can be the beginning of something magical.


But before we get into magic words, modern psychology has broken this human condition into seven types of love. Gary Chapman has also had great success in sharing his book, The Five Languages of Love. But is that how we experience it?

The kind of love that asks us to send Valentine’s cards is romantic love. It is the love of great novels. It has inspired music, dance, poetry and theatre. It is, at the same time, the ailment and the elixir. It is the cause and the cure of great heartache. There are many great verses through time’s line which capture the essence of love which transcends gender, race, religion. Here is one I love.

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."


Witchery sometime claims to do what wisdom cannot. Here’s a great link from Huffington Post from a few years ago which outlines the five easy ways to creating love spells.


What better way to create your own love spell this Valentine’s Day than by sending a beautiful card. There are eleven new cards for you to share. Order now to get them out on time for Valentine's day.


Hasta luego,
Val

 

 

 

 


LITTLE BUT LARGE: Tiny Steps Toward Your Centre December 19 2017, 0 Comments

It’s the little things that count. That sweet gesture at the right time, an unexpected smile, the anonymous kindness, favourite music drifting in, a shared memory, the ease of an extra five minutes.  This holiday season is a busy time, when the little things get overlooked. It’s a time to stand still, look around, take deep breath, pay attention to what’s immediately around you, listen to the sounds in the room that you’re in, and give thanks. It’s a great time to make connections. To give a little. It comes back in unexpected ways.

Here are three great books to help guide you through these excitable times:  


The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A great step by step guide to centering yourself and being mindful of the world around you. Following these instructions will result in a more meaningful way of living and help identify your triggers for unhappiness.



Great Eastern Sun by Chögyam Trungpa
I fantastic read and lessons on how to be more present. After implementing these lessons, you will have a lot more focus, and live with greater intention in your daily life.

 


The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
This fable of a person on a spiritual path is loaded with riddles and lessons. While following the adventure there are cues for unpacking your own sense of self and your place in the world.

These are great books for yourself or as a gift for someone you know who might need some guidance today. Send this along with a card to let them know you care.

Take care of yourself and see you next time.

Hasta leugo!
Val


Time is Flying December 13 2017, 0 Comments

How to stop time from flying forward? Time travel back to childhood. Begin by celebrating National Ice Cream Day on December 13th. Save some of that ice cream and add it to a cup cake on December 15th  National Lemon Cupcake Day.

There's a new card on the website waiting for you.

 


WOW! Grateful for this tweet from Richard Crouse. October 04 2017, 0 Comments